Bret's Message to District 21
On October 22, 2011, Senate District 21, comprising parts of Iberia, Lafourche, Terrebonne, and all of St. Mary Parish, chose me to represent them in Baton Rouge for the next four years. I am incredibly humbled by the trust vested in me by the voters of our district. The honor that you have given me is something that I will always work to live up to as your senator. The time has come to restore common sense and opportunity to its rightful place in Louisiana. With record deficits and an ever-expanding state budget, the time is now to make changes to the way we do business in state government. Common sense has been pushed aside for far too long, and leadership sometimes seems like a thing of the past. But it is not enough that politicians and citizens simply talk about it. At some point we must act to improve Louisiana and provide opportunities so that future generations will still call Louisiana home.
Accountability, responsibility, and an independence of thought to do the right thing for the people of District 21 and for Louisiana is what is needed from our public servants. Doing what is right is not a conservative or liberal cause. It is not a Republican or Democratic cause, either. Doing what is right for others is a moral and ethical one. That should be the driving force behind all of our elected leaders, not political games. My promise to you is that the ideals I have mentioned will always guide me as I represent the people of District 21.
I am a sixth-generation farmer and businessman born and raised on Bayou Teche just west of Franklin in an area called Adeline. St. Mary Parish is home, and it always will be. But I have also learned of many issues and concerns that residents in Iberia, Lafourche, and Terrebonne hold dear as well. I assure you that what is important to you will be important to me. Your issues will be my issues as senator. As your senator, parishes will not matter to me as much as the regional concept of a district does. A senator is elected to represent everyone that lives within the district, and I promise to do that fairly and honorably. That is my pledge to you.
By running the family farm and other successful oil and gas businesses, I know how to balance a budget and set priorities when times are hard. Cutting spending is tough, but it must be done to ensure the survival of the business in the future. The same can be said about state government. If our children and grandchildren are to enjoy a better Louisiana, we must make the tough decisions now.
As a past member of the State Mineral Board, we helped to change the leasing process from one that was unfair and political to one that is open and transparent today. I also serve on the Agricultural Finance Authority, which facilitates the growth of new business to create jobs in the industry, and the I-49 Task Force, an organization that works to move the project forward. And I am Vice President of St. Mary Sugar Cooperative, a sugar mill my grandfather helped to create.
Main goals include:
The completion of I-49 South, Flood protection from River Flooding and Storm Surge/Coastal Erosion, Supporting Nicholls and Fletcher and Maintaining the Mission of Tech Colleges such as Young Memorial, and Improving Health Care in Louisiana for All
Most of all and most importantly, I look to be someone that you can be proud of in government. Every issue that comes before me will be carefully studied and weighed in the best interests of the people and the district that I represent. The people of District 21 can expect competence and a commitment to serve the area that has given me so much. In closing, I want to do what is right for you, your family, and the place we call home.
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